Yoruba Hometowns: Community, Identity, and Development in Nigeria

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001 - History - 299 pages
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The pattern of migrants maintaining strong ties with their home communities is particularly common in sub-Saharan Africa, where it has important social, cultural, political, and economic implications. This book explores the significance of hometown connections for civil society and local development in Nigeria. Rich ethnographic description and case studies illustrate the links that the Ijesa Yoruba maintain with their communities of origin - links that both help to shape social identity and contribute to local development. Trager also examines indigenous concepts of development, demonstrating how the Yoruba bring their understandings of development to efforts in their own communities. Placing her work in the context of national political and economic change, she raises questions about the motivations, implications, and consequences of local development efforts, not only for the communities and their members, but also for the larger polity.
  

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Contents

A New Tradition at Home
15
The Hometown and Identity
37
Ijesa Migration
59
Local Development and the Economic Crisis
145
SelfHelp and the Practice of Local Development in Ijesaland
165
Politics Conflict and Morality
205
Communities and Development
235
References
279
Index
291
About the Book
299
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